Beginning Meditation

Med 1 - Beginning Meditation: Cultivating an Awakened Life


Cultivating an Awakened Life - Fall 2018

Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice that has remarkable practical benefits for both body and mind. This class offers step-by-step guidance for developing a personal meditation practice using mindfulness. It presents meditation in a clear and straightforward way. Participants receive a map of the inner world and directions on how to navigate the world within. Each class offers: basic instruction in the techniques of mindfulness meditation that come from various spiritual traditions; the psychological principles and scriptural underpinnings of the practice; and clear guidance for bringing the fruits of the meditation practice into everyday life.  


10-week Beginning Meditation classes are offered every fall and winter/spring. A daylong Thursday or Saturday retreat is scheduled at the beginning of each course. Next offering: September 2018


  • 21 hours of instruction – 6 hour retreat, 10 1.5 hour weekly classes
  • Orientation Retreat: Thursday, February 7 — 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. OR Saturday,  February 9 –  9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 10 week classes: begin February 13 
  • 4 time options: Wednesdays 10:00 –11:30 am OR 1:00 – 2:30 pm OR 7:00 – 8:30 pm OR Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Instructor: Fr. Joe Mitchell 
  • Tuition: $185. However, scholarships available.





  • “I would highly recommend the introduction to mindfulness meditation course to everyone. It has had a profound effect on me and how I view and handle all aspects of life.” – Jane Morreau, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation


  • “Most powerful course I've ever taken! I learned how to clear my mind and make a path for my emotional intelligence to guide me. I'm healthier, happier and more productive.” – Barbara Sexton Smith, member of the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Council


  • “With weekly sessions to guide practice and inspiring daily messages, developing a regular meditation practice for calm and serenity has been natural and enriching.” – Linda Valentine, former Executive Director, Presbyterian Church (USA) and corporate attorney.


  • “The Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation class launched me on a remarkable journey into an awareness of myself and the world around me, giving me a renewed sense of freedom and inner peace.” – Jim Wayne, member of the Kentucky House of Representatives


  • “Taking the 10-week class provided an awakening on how to take the practice of mediation into being a strong, empathetic business leader.” – Dan Forte, Vice President for Programming and Events, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts


  • “The course made it easy to turn a mysterious concept mindfulness into a simple and generative practice that will serve me for a lifetime.  I would recommend it to anyone!” – Tom Williams, lawyer at Stoll Keenon Ogden and co-chairman of the Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville


  • “I'd recommend this class to anyone searching for a deeper meaning to their existence, more purpose to their daily activities, or simply peace amidst the general chaos of life.” – Brian Riendeau, Executive Director, Dare to Care Food Bank, Louisville, KY


  • “The course was amazing and I highly recommend it, as it truly helped bring focus, clarity and peace of mind to my business and life.” – Joshua Rose, Attorney at Law, Abell Rose LLC


  • “Mindful meditation has been truly revolutionary for me. I highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to develop a greater sense of internal serenity or a stronger understanding of self.” – Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, Chief Operating Officer for Greater Louisville, Inc.


  • “Even if you have done meditation before, this wonderful class provides the opportunity to deepen your experience by learning from a master teacher. It brings mindfulness meditation alive with engaging and clear presentations.” – Cynthia Campbell, Pastor, Highland Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY 


  • “This course on mindfulness meditation offers a beacon of hope for those who search for meaning. A balm for Earth and life itself.” – Marianne Welch, The Nature Conservancy’s Kentucky Chapter Board


  • “The mindfulness meditation course offered by the Earth & Spirit Center has helped me in a compassionate and highly effective manner.” – Dr. Robb Shrader, M.D.





There are three ways to register for a program.

  • Register by MAIL - download program brochure and registration form; mail form and payment to the Earth & Spirit Center
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  • Register ONLINE - complete registration form below; make online payment with credit card 
Med 1 - Beginning Meditation

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